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April 11, 2023

Top 10 Airbnb Cleaning Tips for a 5-star Guest Experience

by Alices Home
Airbnb Cleaning - Alices Home- Maintenance and Cleaning Team

Top 10 Airbnb Cleaning Tips for a 5-star Guest Experience

Alices Home
April 11, 2023
Airbnb Cleaning - Alices Home- Maintenance and Cleaning Team

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When guests stay on your property, in many ways, they expect an experience similar to that of a hotel. Whilst they are looking for the unique and personal aspect of an Airbnb as opposed to an international hotel chain, they are absolutely going to expect to stay in a property that is expertly clean and well-maintained

Airbnb cleaning is not the same as cleaning your own home. 

A specialty clean requires expert  processes to ensure a hotel-level clean, rather than a clean that is suitable for your family.

Airbnb has set aside a whole section on its site to provide mandatory advice to hosts about the expected ‘enhanced cleaning process.’

Whilst every host has their own ideas about what exactly accounts for acceptable cleanliness, Airbnb has published their brand standards.

Hosts are encouraged to follow Airbnb’s comprehensive cleaning checklists, which comes with a handbook, videos and tips, all easily accessible online.

To simplify the process, Airbnb has set out a 5-step process to its cleaning standards.

5 step process Airbnb cleaning standards

1. Prepare for efficient and safe cleaning

  • Ventilate the space before you start
  • Remove dust from the area
  • Read the warnings and instructions on your products before you start
  • Wash or disinfect your hands

2. Clean

  • Sweep, vacuum, dust and/or mop areas before sanitising
  • Wash dishes and laundry (sheets etc) on the highest setting possible
  • Dust, sweep, and vacuum the floor and all surrounding surfaces before cleaning all hard surfaces with soap and water. 

3. Sanitise

  • Begin sanitising all surfaces with disinfectant
  • Prioritize high-touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches, taps, and cabinets.
  • Let the disinfectant air dry, no need to wipe it off

4. Check

  • Make sure you haven’t missed anything
  • Check the comprehensive cleaning handbook for each room

5. Replace

  • Make sure to replace all items for the next guest including towels, soap, etc.
  • Wash your hands
Airbnb Cleaning - Alices Home- Extra supplies for guests
Extra tips to delight guests outside Airbnb’s expected checklist include:
  • Make sure you add extra supplies of towels, toilet paper, soap for your guests in case they run out during their stay
  • Use a lint roller on furniture. This is the most efficient way of cleaning furniture made of any material.
  • Schedule periodic deep cleans to maintain your property year-round. Every few months, schedule a deep clean that will take care of things like shampooing carpets, cleaning closet corners, cleaning inside cabinets, cleaning inside and under the oven, wiping baseboards, and cleaning the showerhead.
  • To give the property a fresh, light smell, run a diffuser just before or when your guests arrive.

Although it is not expected, many Airbnb hosts choose to hire Airbnb cleaning services for their short-term rental, to remove the pressure of an intricate task like cleaning from the joy of owning an Airbnb property.

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